Athletic News & Info
As the winter snow melts and the temperature rises slightly, we begin to shift away from the Indoor sports. With the wrestling and basketball seasons coming to an end, we apprehensively head out in to the Western North Carolina wind to watch Lacrosse, Baseball, Golf, Track and Tennis. Yet, the same excitement we have for increasing appearances of sunshine, Kyle Luce has for his announcement to play tennis next year at Millsaps College.
Millsaps College, located in Jackson, Mississippi has an excellent tennis program, one that finished 16-4 last season. When asked why he chose Millsaps, Luce said “Playing college tennis has been a dream of mine since I was little, so I am so happy that my dream is coming true. I am choosing Millsaps because I really felt a connection to the other guys on the team. The team dynamic is a very important thing in tennis and Millsaps had the best team chemistry of any that I had visited. One of the things that stuck me most about Millsaps was that it has a lot of similarities to Christ School, I have loved my time here so finding someplace with similar characteristics just made it feel like the right fit.”
He cites the Millsaps College coaching staff as a large pull towards to the school. “I am extremely excited about the coaches that I will have at Millsaps. Coaches Box and Pjevac do a great job connection with their players and are dedicated to the development of the whole person. I am also excited to continue my education at Millsaps which boasts a strong political science department and a strong Latin American studies program. Political Science is my intended major so finding a college with a strong political science department was important to me.”
Luce, has participated in nearly every varsity tennis match since arriving to Christ School during his sophomore year and has been a starter since. He won most improved at the completion of his sophomore moving from #6 to #3 last season. With the #1-2 players having since graduating Luce looks to take on a greater leadership role with the goal of leading the team to the playoffs.
With just one season before graduation, Luce is ready for a great final semester, but wants to recognize those who have an impact on his career. “I want to thank Christ coaches Vaughn and Daubert and my club coaches Hector and Paul. My teammates have been incredibly supportive as well. But more than anything, I would like to thank my parents.
With signed commitments to East Carolina, Davidson and Appalachian State, the Christ School Class of 2016 golfers can now add Navy to the list as well. Senior Thomas Garbee has officially committed to play at the Naval Academy. Garbee will play for Pat Owen (8-time Patriot League Coach of the Year) who has coached Navy golf for the last 26 years. Garbee said “Coach Owen stood out to me majorly in two different ways. He was not only excited about his team, but also about me. He was excited to see that I was considering the academy and in playing on his team. It is an honor to be offered a position on his team because of the success he has had in his coaching career at the academy.”
Christ School Head Golf Coach Eric Thorp (2nd year) couldn’t be prouder of Garbee saying, “I’m very excited for Thomas. This is something he has been working for the last couple of the years. He has put so much work into his golf game and gotten it to a place where he can play at the Division 1 level.” Coach Thorp understands though golf wasn’t Garbee’s only factor in attending the Academy saying, “playing at a service academy and the sense of responsibility that’s come with it, is so important to Thomas.”
Garbee who considers himself a late-bloomer went on to say “Playing golf in college is a goal that I have always had. However, the opportunity to serve my country became more important to me than continuing my competitive golf career. I was more interested in attending a military school than playing golf in college.” While playing golf is his love, he knows where his priorities are. “I want to get a great education, serve my country, and play some golf, in that order.”
Garbee is interested in the Marine Corps branch of the Navy. The Corps “will be my primary focus through the summer trainings following my plebe year. However, will all the academy offers, things could change over the course of my time there. I look forward to competing at Navy because I will fulfill my two greatest dreams, to have the opportunity to serve my country and to play golf.”
With this being the fourth commitment for the golf team since late August, expectations are high for this 2016 season. “This group of seniors as a whole has shown incredible leadership throughout these last 10 months. These commitments are just a testament to all of that hard work” Thorp says. The Christ School golf team led by Thorp in finished 2nd at State last year’s state tournament and looks to capitalize on its senior leadership.
Christ School Unveils New Athletic Logo
Christ School presents a vibrant new logo to represent its athletic teams. Christ School teams have proudly borne the name “Greenies” since the early 1900s, but until now the name has not been symbolically represented. The new logo, which characterizes the strength and spirit of Christ School’s outstanding athletic program, will begin appearing on all athletic uniforms in late October.
Christ School was dubbed the Greenies in 1917 after the baseball team won the Western North Carolina baseball championship, earning new uniforms to replace the mismatched hand-me-down uniforms the teams had been wearing up to that point. Player and team manager J. Mitchel Taylor, Class of 1919, ordered every uniform in green, and thus began the term The Greenies, which has endured ever since.
Headmaster Paul Krieger feels that the new logo, in green, gold, and grey, with its suggestion of movement and abstract formations of a C, S, and G, captures the progress and vitality of our community. “The boys have been eager for a symbol representing their efforts; this logo will add some life and school spirit to our athletic community,” says Krieger.
Senior Golfers Akers and Graham Go D1!
On August 20, 2015, Class of ’16 Senior golfers Chris Akers and Aaron Graham both committed to play golf at the collegiate level.
Akers, who has committed to play for Coach Press McPhaul at Eastern Carolina University, was an All-CAA and Citizen-Times All WNC selection last Spring, during which time he maintained a stroke average of 73.4 for 18-hole matches. He shot a two-day score of 150 (78-72) to place in the top-10 at the NCISAA 3A tournament. Although ECU’s golf team was named All-Academic by the Golf Coaches Association of America, Akers made his decision based off of feel. “Once I stepped foot on campus, I could feel the love within the school, people, and the community. I felt comfortable with the coaching staff and especially with my teammates. I truly believe they have the best chemistry in the nation.” He went on to add, “I feel like I made the right decision and it’s a perfect place to play.” You can follow the team on twitter @ECUMensGolf.
Graham, who is committing to play at Appalachian State, says it was his connection to Head Coach Bill Dicus that helped lead him to his decision. “We instantly hit it off. They have a great program and excellent academics. It is just the right decision.” Though his excitement for App State golf is evident, his love for the Christ School program is even more apparent. “I have learned so much from the older golfers and my teammates. Christ School has meant everything to me.” Follow the App State Men’s Golf team @appstategolf.
Christ School’s Head Golf Coach, who led the team to a State Runner-Up finish last golf season, is “really excited about this senior class. They have been a hardworking group.” This impressive senior class has contributed to two State Championships and two State Runners-Up finishes in their time at Christ School. Coach went on to say, “These seniors will leave such a positive mark on the program, school, and young members of the team. These first two commitments are a testament to their continued determination.”
2015-16 Opens With Record Enrollment
Students began arriving on campus this week for Early Sports, an opportunity for varsity athletes to begin preparing for the year ahead. The varsity soccer team, under Head Coach Guy Campbell, gears up for their match against Owen High School on Wednesday, August 19, while Head Coach Mark Moroz and the varsity football team are hard at work practicing for the upcoming season.
They will be followed next week by the rest of the student body, a record 271 students in all. This year we welcome students from sixteen states and four countries, 20 sets of brothers, and 43 Christ School legacies. Registration kicks off on Friday, August 21 for seniors and returning day students, and Saturday, August 22 for all other students. Classes begin Monday, August 24.
Take a peek at the Opening Day 2015:
(Photo: Associated Press)
It was announced at a June 29 press conference that Mason Plumlee will be reclaiming his old Christ School jersey number (No. 24) with the Portland Trail Blazers. “I take seriously building a culture here, and you do that with character,” says Coach Terry Stotts of Plumlee and the two other team members introduced at the conference. “These three guys certainly fit into that.” Plumlee graduated from Christ School in 2009 after guiding the Greenies to three NCISAA 3-A championships.
Greenie Ryan Zwier '16 was selected to the Asheville Citizen-Times ALL WNC team as a 1st Team utility player "after batting a Western North Carolina-best .536."
Teammate Anthony Vaglica '15 was named to the 2nd ALL WNC team as the designated hitter.
The Asheville Citizen-Times named Greenie Senior Jonathan Rector the Player of the Year for the ALL WNC Golf Team. The newspaper notes that Jonathan "is a repeat selection" having won the same honor last year. Rector had an outstanding season that included winning the 2015 NCISAA 3A State individual championship and was also the Carolina Athletic Association Player of the Year. Jonathan has signed to play golf at Clemson University.
Additionally, Junior Chris Akers and Freshman Carson Ownbey were selected to the ALL WNC team joining Rector to place 3 Greenies on the team.
Christ School Football Skills & Development Camp
July 7-9, 2015 | (ages 12-15)
School is out for the summer, but Christ School's campus is still active! Whether you want to stay connected or get to know us, our Football Skills & Development Camp is a great way to experience what Christ School has to offer. We still have a few spots left, so register today to reserve your place.
At the Christ School Football Skills & Development Camp, our passionate and knowledgeable coaches have High School, NCAA, and NFL playing and coaching experience to provide a positive camp experience for all athletes ages 12-15.
With a player to coach ratio of 5:1, campers are ensured to receive personal and specific instruction based on their individual needs and goals. Christ School Football Skills & Development Camp welcomes all skill levels and provides a personalized and fun learning environment.
Meet our Coaches
|MARK MOROZ – CAMP DIRECTOR|
|ATHLETE: COLLEGE||(All-ACC, All-American, Wake Forest All Decade team)|
|ATHLETE: NFL||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004)|
|ATHLETE: CFL||Toronto Argonauts (2005) / Hamilton Tigercats (2006)|
|COACH: Wake Forest||2007/2008 (Orange Bowl appearance, ACC Conference champs, Meineke Car Care bowl)|
|COACH: Christ School||(Overall record 35-10)|
|Heath Shuler||Playing experience: University of Tennessee;
Heisman Trophy Runner-up;
All SEC / All American;
1st round draft pick (3rd overall) by the Washington Redskins
|Bryan Ray||Playing experience: College: Wake Forest (All-ACC)
NFL: Carolina Panthers
Playing Experience: College: University of Memphis;
|Rob Lewis||Playing experience: College: Virginia Tech University|
|Cody Searcy||Playing experience: College: Brevard College|
Register for camp today! www.christschool.org/footballcamp
The End of Year Sports Awards were announced during a ceremony in the Mebane Field House May 16, 2015.
Bill Sewell Hustle Award: McKinley Bell '18
Pat James Athletic Award: William Fleming '17
Mike Knighton Sportsmanship Award: Sage Holley '17
Senior Athletic Cup: Anthony Vaglica '15
Additional Christ School athletics web coverage appears online on the The Asheville Citizen-Times website and the official website of the NCISAA. To find past articles posted on www.christschool.org, go to News and Events or use the search function above.